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Album: Sigh No MoreReleased: 2009
This is the title track of the debut album of Mumford & Sons, a quartet who emerged from the London folk scene that produced Laura Marling and Noah and the Whale.
This song along with the rest of the album was produced by Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Bjork, The Maccabees), who actively encouraged the band to be more instinctive, to be more themselves, and strengthen their already-powerful musical personality.
This powerful track references the romantic language of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, as the four men sing together in glorious unison: "Love it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you / It will set you free / Be more like the man you were made to be."
The band's principal songwriter Marcus Mumford described to The Guardian February 11, 2010 this song's lyrics as "a deliberately spiritual thing but deliberately not a religious thing. I think faith is something beautiful, and something real, and something universal, or it can be." He added, "We all have our separate views on religion, but I think faith is something to be celebrated. I have my own personal views, they're still real to me, and I want to write about them."
Sigh No More sold over 1 million copies in both the UK and US. Mumford & Sons were the first English band to top the million mark in both territories with an album since Coldplay's 2009 long player Viva La Vida.